Museum Poni, Gaoua, Burkina Faso 

This tiny museum, designed very well, is called thus in reference in the name of the province crossed by the Poni river, which also sprinkles the town of Gaoua. But it is also known like the museum of the Lobi culture. Born from the meeting of the famous ethnologist and religious Madeleine Père with the Lobi people, it was inaugurated in 1990. It is by making sensitizing in the villages which this woman discovers the Lobi culture and decides to be interested in it. This museum presents magnificent collections of usual and ritual objects of the various people of the Lobi family.

Many old photographs make it possible to visualize the scenes of their traditional life. It is essential to pay the visit with Claire, disciple of Madeleine Père, become the excellent guide of the museum. It is literally necessary to follow it in the account of the attractive traditions of its people and to leave free classes to its questions.

Once the finished visit, one can continue it by the temporary exhibition, which is modified every 2 years. Outside, in the courtyard, a reconstitution of the traditional habitat makes it possible to understand the defensive system adopted in this region coveted for its wealths, but as the strong cultural relation as Lobi maintain with their territory. The museum is installed in a colonial ancient building which is part of a vaster unit, very representative of the colonial core which settled near the “indigenous” cities.

Epic Burkina Faso Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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